Orioles get Bundy
In the end, the Orioles got their guy.
Baltimore agreed to terms with top pick Dylan Bundy — the fourth overall selection in this year’s First-Year Player Draft– in the final few minutes of Monday’s deadline, adding a right-handed high school power pitcher to a Minor League system devoid of top tier arms.
The 18-year-old Bundy went 11-0 with a 0.20 ERA and 158 strikeouts and five walks in 71 innings in his senior season, and has a nasty curveball, a very effective cutter and an above-average changeup to go along with his blistering fastball. Considered the top prep pitcher in the Draft, and one of the best high school arms in recent memory, Bundy, who has been throwing and working out in Tulsa, Okla., was selected by an organization with success in signing its top guy.
The Orioles gave a franchise-record $6 million bonus to catcher Matt Wieters (selected fifth overall) in 2007, while last year’s top pick, Miami high school shortstop Manny Machado (third overall), got $5.25 million. Both players were advised by the notoriously tough Scott Boras, and both negotiations, like Bundy, came down to the final hour.
Bundy was the third player to agree to terms on Monday, joining third baseman Jason Esposito (2) and Nick Delmonico (6) to round out the top 10. The Orioles agreed to terms with a total of 22 of their 50 picks, an overall number lower than usual because the organization eliminated a rookie-level affiliate and one of the Dominican Summer League teams, making roster space more of an issue.